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Ferenczi, S. (1915). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 12, 1915. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 87-88.

Ferenczi, S. (1915). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 12, 1915. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 87-88

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Sándor Ferenczi

Pápa, November 12, 1915

Dear Professor,

I thank you for your detailed letter, the good and bad mood of which I truly sympathized with. As improbable as it sounds, I don't consider it a precluded possibility that you will still experience the honoring of your merit by the Nobel Prize judges. Of course, I don't expect the recognition to be for actual psychoanalysis but rather for its applications. Specifically, your metapsychology should also enlighten those who don't know or acknowledge its principles.

The peace rumors won't be silenced. This time, it seems, it is not only the wish that is father of this national thought.—In the meantime, the word is: stay in control. The danger that your Ernst was in was very great; the probability that his battery will again get into such danger is not great—at least let us console ourselves with that.

A temporary conflict with my commandant over a question of military etiquette showed me what great power the father complex has over me. A whole series of my earlier physical symptoms returned for a short time; the buzzing in my ears and being hard of hearing seems to be of a purely vasomotor (therefore neurotic) origin. One can't stop being amazed when one determines something like that; this also shows, by the way, that we—as mentioned—still don't know how correct we are with our assumptions.

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